Mining Act Awareness Program

The Mining Act Awareness Program (MAAP) is an online educational program. It provides basic information on the mining sequence, staking claims, early exploration and Aboriginal consultation requirements at the various stages of the process, with an emphasis on changes to the Mining Act and its regulations in recent years.

One of the objectives of the MAAP is to create a better understanding of the rights of others to help lessen possible conflict among prospectors, the mineral industry, private land owners and Aboriginal communities. 

What you need to know

To apply for a prospector’s licence: you must complete the MAAP within 60 days before you apply for a licence.

To renew a prospector’s licence: you must complete the MAAP and apply for a renewal within 60 days before the expiry of your licence.

To keep an existing prospector’s or lifetime licence in good standing: you must successfully complete the MAAP by November 1, 2014.

To qualify for a lifetime prospector’s licence at your next renewal: if you’ve held a licence for 25 years, you must complete the MAAP within 60 days before the renewal date.

To submit an exploration plan or apply for an exploration permit: you must identify a “qualified supervisor” who has successfully completed the MAAP within five years before the proposed start of the project. 

MAAP is free of charge, delivered online and takes about 45-60 minutes to complete. You will receive a confirmation number and certificate by email when you successfully complete the program.

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